Justice First Fellows are hosted by some of the best social welfare legal organisations in the country. Each year between 15-20 organisations are awarded grants which supports them to train a fellow over the two years of their training contract. Alongside the compulsory training, Fellows are supported by their host organisation to devise and run their own project aimed at increasing access to justice in order to gain programme development experience and potentially to provide a future income stream for their host organisation.
The application process for 2021 Hosts is now closed. You can find a list of the 2021 Hosts here.
The 2022 Host application process will open in November 2021.
Just like the fellows, host organisations go through a competitive application process. To be eligible your organisation must:
Most Hosts are not for profit providers of legal advice, but some are private law firms committed to social justice and some are charities without a legal team who have partnered with another organisation. If your organisation does not have a solicitor, you could consider partnering with a firm who can support this aspect of the fellowship.
If you have not been a Host before or considering if a partnership application is right for you, please do get in touch with us here.
From the eligible applicants TLEF will only select Hosts who can offer fellows excellent legal training, an innovative work environment and the best support to become a successful social justice lawyer in the future. Eligible applicants are prioritised according to the following desirable criteria:
TLEF will endeavour to create a balanced selection each year across locations and legal specialisms, experienced and new Hosts. Consideration is also given to the priorities of co-funders who may choose to support a particular specialist area such as child law.
A successful Host will receive a grant from TLEF to part or fully cover the costs associated with employing a fellow over the two years of their training contract. This grant covers the salary, National insurance, pension contribution and some or all of the associated supervision and support costs. TLEF will also cover the costs of the fellows PSC, a training budget of £1,500 in additional to compulsory training and up to £1000 for the purchase of a new laptop for the fellow to keep after the fellowship. An upfront payment of £5,000 is give to new Hosts for fellowship set-up costs including recruitment time. Private firms are expected to make a contribution to their supervision costs. It is also possible for two organisations to host in partnership, for instance where a private firm provides the regulated supervision of a trainee who also spends time working with a charity.
Hosts, like fellows, also become part of a wider cohort of social justice organisations who have taken part in the fellowship. Many Hosts have found the connections they have formed in this network to be the start of valuable working relationships. Hosts are offered training and peer support sessions facilitated by TLEF covering topics from fundraising, project management and supervision practice.
As a Host you are the fellow’s trainer and employer. Prospective fellows apply to the hosts of their choice through this website. The programme is extremely competitive and a high standard of graduates apply each year. Each Host follows their own recruitment process, with the foundation taking an observer role at interview stage. You can read more about the fellow application process here.
We are keeping in close touch with developments on SQE and will be adapting the Fellowship for future years.
The Host information booklet below contains a more detailed description of the grant responsibilities and restrictions.
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